Smith, Alfred Edgar, 1903-1986


Alfred Edgar Smith was active in the battle for equal rights for African Americans as an author, government worker, educator, journalist, and club leader. Smith received a BA degree in social science in 1928 and an MA degree in history in 1932 from Howard University. He worked for federal officials from both the Works Projects Administration and the Emergency Relief Administration from 1934 to 1943 and became a member of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Federal Council on African American Affairs. He was bureau chief and columnist for the Chicago Defender, also serving as confidential advisor or agent for the Department of Defense. In 1961, Smith became the information officer for the U.S. Department of Labor, serving under Secretary of Labor Arthur Goldberg and later for Willard Wirtz under President John F. Kennedy. He retired from government service in 1974.

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